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Release of Western Striped Newts

Today is quite an exciting day for me.  Its also a big day for Conservation at the Memphis Zoo.  Today I packed up tiny Western Striped newts to be sent to Florida for release into the wild.  This is the first of hopefully many shipments that will be made this year.   This is actually a project I've been involved in since 2010.  In 2010 the Coastal Plains Institute and the US Forest Service began conducting surveys of the Apalachicola National Forest to see if... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Floating Island in China Pond creating Habitat Restoration

Check out our latest Conservation Habitat in the China Pond located in the China Exhibit. In June 2012, the Water Quality and Horticulture Departments collaborated on a Habitat Restoration within the China Pond. A Floating Island made up of four parts and connected through hidden cables was covered with Peat Moss and planted with a pallet of perennials.   Purpose of the Floating Island The purpose of the floating island was to use plant material that would reduce... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Leaves, leaves, and more leaves

What have you done with your leaves? At the Memphis Zoo, the Horticulture Department collects our leaves at the end of the “drop season.” This started due to the Dinosaur experience. We saved the leaves to use as a mulch to conceal our equipment. The leaves were left at the end of the season and we discovered in September a wonderful pile of composted material which we call leafy bits.   Uses  We use the “leafy bits” compost as mulch on our flower beds and around our tree... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, January 30, 2014

Memphis Zoo Will Continue to House Giant Pandas

MEMPHIS, TENN. – The Memphis Zoo is excited to announce that the contract with China for housing giant pandas has been extended. Memphis Zoo will have giant pandas for the next 10 years.  This agreement was signed by the Memphis Zoo, Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens and China’s State Forestry Administration. The agreement extends the Memphis Zoo’s loan for two giant pandas another 10 years at half the cost of the original loan.  China owns and leases all pandas to... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Introducing Shrimp!

If you've visited the Herpetarium recently, you may have noticed a new animal in one of the larger exhibits, along with a "Do Not Disturb" sign.  While most adults seem to question what this new addition is, almost every child guesses correctly with "It's a Komodo Dragon!!"  That she is...please help us welcome Shrimp to the Memphis Zoo!   Her addition to the collection is a big milestone for the Reptile Department; she was brought here specifically to be part of... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, October 29, 2013